ON what would have been his 100th birthday, students at the All Saints Catholic College in Dukinfield took part in an official tree planting ceremony to commemorate the late HRH Prince Philip.
It was one of several similar ceremonies taking place across the borough on June 10, and over the coming months a total of 100 trees planted will be planted in each borough of Greater Manchester.
In addition to these living legacies, funds are also being raised to allow disadvantaged young people across the area to help them set out on their D of E journey.
The Duke, who died on April 9, was a huge advocate for supporting young people’s development and in 1956 launched the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.And All Saints College was selected as one of 11 Greater Manchester educational establishments for an official planting because of the support they have thrown behind D of E for a number of years.
Speaking on the day, Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Sharman Birtles said: “The Duke of Edinburgh Awards are vital for the wellbeing and future opportunities of young people.“This is why Lord-Lieutenant Sir Warren Smith is so keen to join forces with D of E in the North of England to support this two-part project.
“All Saints Catholic College have an excellent record for getting young people through their D of E training and I congratulate them on being selected as a location for this symbolic tree planting.
“This was originally intended to celebrate HRH Prince Philip’s 100th birthday, but while sadly that wasn’t to be this living legacy allows us to commemorate this remarkable man’s life.
“As part of the joint initiative, Sir Warren pulled together a small committee who were tasked with seeking out funds for 100 disadvantaged young people in each borough of Greater Manchester.“These funds would allow them to start their bronze D of E journey. As it stands, the number of young people currently being assisted stands at 1,300, which is marvellous.
“Similar tree-planting ceremonies have taken place throughout Tameside, and as we continue through 2021 a minimum of 100 trees will be planted in each borough of Greater Manchester.
“Not only will these be a living legacy for Prince Philip, but also give a good start to the unique Green Canopy Campaign which will be created to mark Her Majesty’s platinum jubilee next year.”